Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Daily Forward, Rabbi Michael Knopf is dedicated to engaging and supporting spiritual seekers, communicating the transformative power of Torah and prayer, and building welcoming, supportive, and inspiring community. These passions inspired him, prior to assuming the pulpit at Temple Beth-El, to serve as Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA.
Before his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2011, Rabbi Knopf helped coordinate the nation’s largest preparatory program for conversion to Judaism, worked as a spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish addiction treatment facility, and served several congregations and educational institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
Rabbi Knopf, a Rabbis Without Borders fellow, is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Haaretz’s “Rabbi’s Roundtable” blog, Jewish Values Online, and other publications.
Rabbi Knopf lives in Richmond’s Museum District with his wife, Adira, and two children, Lilah and Shemaya. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he enjoys movies, traveling, and pizza.